Thursday, March 1, 2012
Five straight Players of the Week for Rockets basketball By Jay Skebba Sports Writer
When freshman point guard Julius “Juice” Brown brought home this week’s Mid-American Conference Player of the Week award, it marked the fifth straight week a Rocket was honored. Sophomore guard Rian Pearson received the award three straight weeks from Jan. 30 to Feb. 13. Since then, Brown has won the last two. “It’s great to know that we’re helping the team,” Pearson said. “The focus in practice has been great and we’re well prepared for games.” In the last two weeks, Brown is averaging 16.3 points-pergame and shooting 54 percent from the field, including 50 percent from beyond the arc (5-of10). He is also averaging five assists per contest.
On Feb. 22nd against Central Michigan, the true freshman poured in a career-best 29-points on 10-of-11 shooting. “Juice came in very talented and extremely coachable,” said UT head coach Tod Kowalczyk. “He’s very tough and has all the attributes we look for in a Rocket point guard.” Brown’s back-to-back weekly honors are even more impressive considering Pearson’s performance in the three weeks prior. In six games, the sophomore from Missouri averaged a doubledouble with 21.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, shooting 48 percent from the field. The young, but talented duo has paired together to form a very dynamic and promising backcourt. “We make each other better,” Brown said. “Going to the gym, putting up extra shots, we’re always working.” The work that Pearson has put in all season long has many
people talking about a possible MAC Player of the Year award. His 16.9 points per game leads the MAC and his 8.3 rebounds ranks third. Pearson doesn’t shy away from the possibility. “I think I deserve it,” Pearson said. “It would be a great honor for all the hard work I’ve put in this year.” While Pearson continues to pile up stats, Toledo knows the conference tournament, which starts next week in Cleveland, is the more important trophy to claim. The recent surge from Pearson, Brown, and the rest of the Rockets has them thinking big. “I think it can definitely carry over,” Pearson said. “We just need to stay focused and I think we can do some damage in the tournament.” UT has one regular season game remaining, the home finale against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, before heading to the MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena.
File Photo by Nick Kneer
Freshman guard Juice Brown has earned MAC West Player of the Week two weeks in a row.
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